Short bio

Enrico Canuto was born in Varallo (Piemonte, Italy), a small town, rich of Renaissance religious art, central in a green valley of the Italian Alps close to Lake Maggiore and leading to Monte Rosa.


Sacro Monte of Varallo, treasure of art, high on a rock of the green valley (credits to Italian Ways)


The green valley culminates into a gleaming wall of Monte Rosa (credits to Lorenzo, Elisa per mirtillo-rosso.com)

After graduating at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, he joined the National Electrical Institute G. Ferraris and later Politecnico di Torino, where he taught Automatic Control for more than 40 years until his retirement in the fall of 2015.

In a winter sunrise, the facade of the National Electrical Institute appears among snow white trees of the Valentino's Park in Turin

In the ’80s of the past century, he contributed to the on-ground reduction of the European Hipparcos mission, which culminates in the late 90’s with the publication of the astrometric Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues.

An artist's view of the Hipparcos satellite hosting a two-arm telescope to measure astrometric data of more than 100,000 stars of our Galaxy (credits to European Space Agency)

In the first decade of this century, he developed the all-propulsion Phase A/B  version of the drag-free and attitude control algorithms for the European GOCE mission.

An artist's view of the drag-free GOCE satellite hosting an ultrasensible gradiometer for mapping the Earth's geoid (credits to European Space Agency)

In the same decade, he contributed to the design and data elaboration of the European Nanobalance thrust-stand.

In the second decade he designed the formation, drag-free and attitude control algorithms of the European Next Generation Gravity Mission, under study. In the same years, a cooperation was initiated with the Center for Gravity Experiments, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China.

The old building of the Center for Gravity Experiments amidst the green campus of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Recently the cooperation has been extended to TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, Guandong, China.


Artist's view of the TianQin Research Center under construction at the Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai Campus (credits to TianQin Research Center)

He is the first author of the book, Spacecraft dynamics and control: the embedded model control approach, Elsevier Aerospace Engineering Series, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, 2018.